Single Marines change duty stations periodically, and once stationed here they may be looking for things to do and how they may get involved. The Single Marine Program provides a way for them to get plugged into activities.
The SMP serves as a voice for single, unaccompanied Marines and other single active-duty service members stationed at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in identifying quality of life concerns, developing QOL initiatives and providing recommendations through advocacy, recreational activities, special events and community involvement.
The program members meet every first Thursday of the month in the Single Marines Lounge located on the second floor of Town and Country Restaurant, Building 7450 at 3 p.m.
Marines are encouraged to attend and express their ideas and concerns at the SMP council, which consists of a senior enlisted advisor, coordinator, president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary.
Once the meetings are adjourned, minutes are typed up and distributed to senior advisors and the MCLB Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command Family Readiness Officers, who spread the word about upcoming events to the units.
“Each single Marine needs to take a vested interest in their Single Marine Program,” Sgt. Maj. Conrad Potts, sergeant major, MCLB Albany, said. “Participate, interact socially and enjoy the events that are put together for (the Marines).
“What the Single Marine Program does is at a fraction of the cost (the Marines) would be able to do on their own if they paid for all the expenses, so take advantage of what is being offered,” he said.
Marines, who have participated in the SMP, have had an opportunity to visit Panama City, Fla., Universal Studios Florida, Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga., Atlanta’s Battle of the Bands, Atlanta Hawks games and college basketball games such as Florida State University versus Duke University.
“I think the most important parts of the SMP are the trips and the events,” Lance Cpl. Whitney Borum, administrative specialist, Installation Personnel Administration Center, MCLB Albany, said. “The trips give Marines an opportunity to explore places other than Albany and enjoy each other’s company and hang out amongst friends and fellow Marines,” she said. “Marines should participate so they can get out of the barracks and do things they haven’t done before. The most important advantage of the SMP is Marines save money.”
SMP opportunities are endless. Some of the upcoming events will be a trip to the Georgia Aquarium during April. In the future, there are also trips being planned to Busch Gardens in Florida and the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia.
SMP Coordinator Mike Gurr feels the program has improved over the last few years.
“The last few months have been very active for the single Marines with activities such as a visit to a haunted house in Perry, Ga., attendance to Battle of the Bands, a basketball trip to Florida State University, and a Super Bowl party,” he said.
Single Marines should get involved in the program because it benefits them by giving them a chance to get off base and volunteer in the community. The sergeant major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett believes this program is a great asset to Marines and they should take full advantage of it.
For more information about the Single Marine Program, call 229-639-5219.